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Council takes another look at community engagement

WOLLONGONG City Council will review its community engagement policy, the first review since the election after the September 2011 election.

Council decided at its October 8 meeting to place the policy on public exhibition for 28 days for community comment.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said engaging with and listening to the community is a vital part of local government.

“This draft policy explains how the community can engage with Council or have their say on issues and plans. It aims to ensure greater access and inclusion for all community members to generate greater confidence and trust in Council’s decision-making processes,” he said.

“This is important for transparency.”

The draft policy and accompanying discussion paper outlines current engagement activities and suggests two new activities that will allow residents to meet their councillors and participate in an annual planning day.  Three options for the future of neighbourhood forums are also included in the draft policy.

“The policy also includes a section on current and future online engagement and looks at how Council works with and listens to reference groups and advisory committees,” Cr Bradbery said.

Council’s draft Community Engagement Policy will be on public exhibition until November 13. Comment on the policy can be made via an on-line survey or by attending the engagement activities listed on the Council website.

For more information ycall (02) 4227 7111 or visit www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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